An iconic Sydney venue once thought of as one of the city’s trashiest ‘boozy dive bars’ is making a fancy comeback in the form of a three-level, high-end eatery.
Jacksons on George was an old favourite among Sydneysiders before it was demolished in 2018 and is set to reopen this time with a Michelin star chef on board and a fresh new look.
Set to open on Monday September 11, the old watering hole will now be spread over three levels at the newly developed Sydney Place on George Street in the CBD with a gastro pub, restaurant and sunny rooftop bar.
In the kitchen will be executive chef Steven Sinclair who has worked at the Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar in Bondi as well as the three-Michelin starred restaurant L’Enclume in the UK.
The swanky new fit-out and menu is off-brand from how many Sydneysiders remember the original boozer.
News of the Sydney institution’s revamp has made those who visited it back in the day nostalgic and keen to visit.
‘I had my first pash at Jacksons on George about 1,000 years ago,’ one woman recalled.
‘Will the floor still be sticky?’ joked a second.
‘Jacksons on George! What a blast from the past…!’ a third added.
‘What happened to Jackson’s on George? That’s a world away from our nights there, someone laughed.
The old Jacksons on George was torn down five years ago to make way for the Sydney Place development that will have shops, restaurants as well as a huge 55-storey tower that will be the capital’s tallest office building.
The ground floor will house a casual bar offering pub classics with a modern twist, cocktails and local beer.
On level one will be Bistro George with a ‘vibrant’ menu of contemporary dishes that will transform into a live music venue later at night.
An alfresco pub is set for the rooftop where patrons will be surrounded by lush greenery and take in the urban surrounds and Sydney’s summer weather.
Sinclair said diners can expect ‘a collection of dishes that have been inspired by European bistros, both contemporary and classic, with a touch of Australian influence.’
‘We want to take the framework of a classic bistro dish and re-imagine it without stripping the soul out of it,’ he added.
‘I’ve been developing this menu for a long time now so I’m just excited to get into the kitchen, cook for people and provide some memorable dining experiences.’
Jacksons on George is already taking bookings for its three bars ahead of its opening next week.